Goooood Morning, Silicon Alley! Gary Sharma’s Picks for the Week of Nov. 28: The Cyber Monday Madness Edition

This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder of GarysGuide, mentor at ER Accelerator and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can reach him at gary [at]

Women, Entrepreneurship and Celebrating the Art of Creating
You know what’s awesome? When you combine the sheer joy of creating something unique and wonderful with all the craziness that comes with the business of entrepreneurship. And that’s what the first annual SheMakes Holiday Festival is aspiring to be all about. Celebrating and encouraging women who create. Brainchild of the lovely Kathryn Minshew (cofounder of The Daily Muse) and in partnership with Saatchi & Saatchi, 85Broads and News on Women, the festival is promising to showcase a veritable smorgasbord of local talent including Artsicle (making art accessible, affordable and fun), Baking for Good (irresistible cookie gifts), Carrie Hammer (custom clothing), Dutzi (eco-friendly handbags), Gifts Curated (hand-picked gifts), Khushi (spa products as gifts), Pam Older Designs (jewels inspired from the far east) and tons more. Got you all interested-like? Can’t wait to sign up already? Wanna showcase ur creations too? Well then, click here for the deets. So go check it out, discover new emerging talent AND find unique gifts from female-led companies. Sounds like a total win-win to me! 🙂

And now, lets see what other holiday goodness is bubbling up this week…

The Future of Fashion: Merging Style + Sustainable Social Impact
Where the worlds of Fashion and Social Change come together. With Eileen Moran (NOW Showcase), Summer Rayne Oakes (Source4Style), Deirdre McGuigan (Indego Africa), David Radparvar (Holstee) and Erica Wolf (Save the Garment Center). Moderated by Carmen Artigas (Professor, FIT and Parson New School for Design).
Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. @ Green Spaces, 394 Broadway 5th Floor

December NY Tech Meetup
Ready for your monthly buffet of awesome 5 minute techlicious demos? You betcha!
Tuesday, 7 p.m. @ NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts, 566 Laguardia Place

Startup Acquisitions: The Good, Bad, and Ugly
Rockstar lineup including Andy Weissman (Partner @ Union Square Ventures, Former COO @ Betaworks and involved in Twitter acquisition of Tweetdeck), Chris Fralic (Managing Partner @ First Round Capital, Former VP BizDev @ Delicious sold to Yahoo and Former VP BizDev @ Half sold to Ebay), Gil Beyda (Managing Partner @ Genacast Ventures, Former CTO/Co-Founder @ Real Media sold to WPP and Former CTO/EVP @ TACODA sold to AOL) and Paul Murphy (VP Biz Dev @ Aviary, Former BD/M&A/Strategy @ Microsoft). Moderated by Maya Baratz (New Products Lead, Wall Street Journal).
Tuesday, 7 p.m. @ General Assembly, 902 Broadway 4th Floor

Girl Develop IT: Code and Coffee Nights
Girls + Coding = Always Awesome
Tuesday, 7 p.m. @ New Work City, 412 Broadway 2nd Floor, New York

NYC Startup Weekend Presents: SWNext
For Startup Weekend alumni who are serious about launching a startup now.
Wednesday, 6 p.m. @ ER Accelerator, 1500 Broadway Ste 802

Hacks & Hackers: Data in the Newsroom: Architectural Decisions
All the NoSQL, MongoDB and CouchDB goodness that you can handle. With Pax Dickinson (Chief Architect, Business Insider), David Dunlop & Taylor Buley ( and Jacqui Cox & Erik Hinton (Interactive News Team @ NY Times).
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. @ New Work City, 412 Broadway 2nd Floor

General Assembly Demo Night
To say that it has been an amazing year for demo days and demo nights (and demo afternoons and demo evenings) is an under-statement. Hungry for one final one before we bid adieu to 2011? You got it! Presenting will be GA residents Food52, Profitably, VHX, Nodejitsu, Paperlex, Contnu, Makom, PostHelper, Spotster, and General Assembly.
Wednesday, 7 p.m. @ General Assembly, 902 Broadway 4th Floor Launch Party + Travel Industry Meetup
Free entry. Free drinks. Free food. Free giveaways. At one of New York’s coolest hostels. Now thats my kind of launch party 🙂
Wednesday, 7 p.m. @ Hostelling International New York, 891 Amsterdam Avenue

Google Apps Developer Hackathon
Getting your hack on … at da Googleplex!
Thursday, 1 p.m. @ Google, 111 8th Avenue

MIT Forum: Better Strategies for Monetizing Digital Offerings – Thinking Out of Box while Looking across Industry Silos
With Betsy Morgan (President,, Shawn Price (President,, Richard Reisman (President, Teleshuttle Corporation) and Paul Smurl (Vice President, Moderated by Dr. Howard Morgan (Co-Founder and Partner, First Round Capital).
Thursday, 5:30 p.m. @ Holland & Knight, 31 West 52nd Street 4th Floor

Location Data APIs
If you are in love with APIs and SoLoMo is your middle name, then you need to run not walk to this one. Representing will be foursquare, HyperPublic, SinglePlatform and CityGrid.
Thursday, 6:30 p.m. @ Aol HQ, 770 Broadway

DigitalFlashNYC: VCs & Starters Real Talk
With Jalak Jobanputra (VC & Techstars Mentor), David Rodriguez (Greycroft Partners), Benjamin Dyett (Founder, Grindspaces), Danielle Gould (Founder, Food+Tech Connect) and Steve Sarner (VP Marketing, Tagged).
Thursday, 6:30 p.m. @ Lbi Offices, 11 West 19th St 3rd Floor

The Product Group December Meetup
Talking product with Mike LaValle (Co-Founder & CEO, Gojee).
Thursday, 7 p.m. @ MTV Networks / Viacom, 1515 Broadway

Techdrinkup Heated Rooftop Open Bar Holiday Party
A holiday party schmoozing with my tech peeps on a heated rooftop at an open vodka bar? I’m sold 🙂
Thursday, 8 p.m. @ XVI Lounge, 251 W 48th Street

Women 2.0 Founder Friday
Yeah, men are welcome 😉 With Ellie Cachette (CEO & Founder, Consumerbell) and Margaret Wallace (CEO, Playmatics).
Friday, 6 p.m. @ Google HQ, 111 8th Avenue 10th Floor, Central Park Tech Room

NYU ITP Presents Big Screens
Where u get to admire Beautiful Milka, Phobia Drawn, Beluga, Pinatas, The Pool, Transmission from Sparkle Planet and more.
Friday, 6:30 p.m. @ IAC HQ, 555 W 18th Street

SheMakes Holiday Festival with The Daily Muse
Wanna hang out with 30 cool emerging female designers, artisans, food entrepreneurs and more? Oh yes you do.
Saturday, 12 p.m. @ Saatchi & Saatchi, 375 Hudson Street

More on the horizon…
Big Data Drinkup NYC #3 – Special Cassandra NYC Edition on Dec 5 @ Dewey’s Flatiron
Under30CEO Holiday Startupalooza featuring Peter Shankman on Dec 7 @ Empire State Building
Lean Startup Machine NYC on Dec 9
NJ Tech Meetup 19 on Dec 12 @ Stevens Institute of Technology
Entrepreneur Week | Holiday Party on Dec 13 at Private Residence Terrace

Until next week. Stay thirsty social, my friends! Goooood Morning, Silicon Alley! Gary Sharma’s Picks for the Week of Nov. 28: The Cyber Monday Madness Edition